14 Buzzworthy Honey Recipes Worth Getting Your Fingers Sticky For

Shrimp with Honey-Garlic Sauce
Photo: Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

Sticky and satisfying, honey is nature's ultimate sweetener. Whether you're incorporating a flavored honey or a spoonful from a natural jar, honey has a way of livening up all kinds of dishes, often without even making its presence known. Many of our favorite BBQ dishes boast a dash of honey. Try our Honey BBQ Chicken Wings or our Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Tangy Honey Barbecue Sauce for a homemade plate that could rival any BBQ joint. This natural sweetener can also freshen up a simple salad when worked into a vinaigrette. Just give our basic Honey Vinaigrette a whirl to see what we mean. But we'd be remiss to deny that this sticky stuff dazzles in sweet recipes, too. From upside-down cakes to honey buns, it's the star of many of our favorite treats (our Blueberry-Orange Blossom Honey Slab Pie is a top pick for the spring). We've even got a honey cocktail that might just knock your socks off.

Grab your jar of honey and get ready to cook. Here are some of our best ways to cook with this natural sweetener.

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Honey-Glazed Spiced Carrots

Honey Glazed Spiced Carrots
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Honey-Glazed Spiced Carrots

Look for bunches of carrots that are all about the same size so they'll cook evenly. If some are too large, just peel the bigger ones and halve them lengthwise before roasting.

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Honey Vinaigrette

Honey Vinaigrette
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele

Recipe: Honey Vinaigrette

Perfect for a salad or a sandwich, or simple Honey Vinaigrette enhances, but doesn't overwhelm. Plus, it only takes 5 minutes to toss together.

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Honey BBQ Chicken Wings

honey bbq chicken wings

Recipe: Honey BBQ Chicken Wings

When you are just about ready to serve, toss your wings in our honey barbecue sauce to create a combination so delicious you'll be smacking your lips in anticipation of every bite.

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Blueberry-Orange Blossom Honey Slab Pie

Blueberry-Orange Blossom Honey Slab Pie
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen

Recipe: Blueberry-Orange Blossom Honey Slab Pie

Don't let the pretty pie cutouts fool you. Orange blossom honey is the real star in the slab pie.

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Sausage-Stuffed Honey Buns

sausage stuffed honey buns
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Sausage-Stuffed Honey Buns

Filled with caramelized bits of sausage melted together with honey and brown sugar, these sweet and savory rolls are a must-serve, especially during the holidays.

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Fried Chicken Biscuits with Rosemary Hot Honey

Fried Chicken Biscuits with Rosemary Hot Honey
Southern Living

Recipe: Fried Chicken Biscuits with Rosemary Hot Honey

From tailgates to potlucks, you can't go wrong with fried chicken biscuits. Our Rosemary Hot Honey takes this crowd-favorite over the top.

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Blueberry-Honey Upside Down Cake

blueberry honey upside down cake
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Blueberry-Honey Upside Down Cake

Honey gives this berry-filled cake a lift. Be sure you tilt your pan to evenly coat it with the honey to achieve a full layer of caramelization.

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Honey-Mustard Baked Salmon with Vegetables

honey mustard baked salmon vegetables
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Honey-Mustard Baked Salmon with Vegetables

Upgrade your everyday sheet pan supper with a tangy honey-mustard sauce. It'll give your salmon a flavorful kick.

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Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Tangy Honey Barbecue Sauce

grilled chicken sandwich with honey barbecue sauce
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Tangy Honey Barbecue Sauce

While this grilled chicken sandwich is tasty on its own, we prefer it slathered with our Tangy Honey Barbecue Sauce. One taste, and we're sure it will be your new go-to for grilling season.

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Chile-Lime-Honey Roasted Peanuts

chile lime honey roasted peanuts
Johnny Autry; Prop and Food Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

Recipe: Chile-Lime-Honey Roasted Peanuts

Upgrade cocktail hour with this simple, homemade snack. Made with just six ingredients, it's a sweet-and-spicy snack everyone will enjoy.

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Bee's Knees Honey Cocktail

bees knees honey cocktail
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele

Recipe: Bee's Knees Honey Cocktail

Just combine, shake, and strain, and you've got a porch-worthy summer cocktail that's sweet and bright with a comforting creaminess thanks honey syrup.

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One-Pan Hot Honey Chicken and Rice

One-Pan Hot Honey Chicken and Rice

Recipe: One-Pan Hot Honey Chicken and Rice

These honey-drizzled chicken thighs are the ultimate weeknight dinner.

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Honey-Butter Chicken Skewers

Honey-Butter Chicken Skewers
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen

Recipe: Honey-Butter Chicken Skewers

Honey butter is the simple condiment that help these chicken skewers really shine.

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Shrimp with Honey-Garlic Sauce

Shrimp with Honey-Garlic Sauce
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

Recipe: Shrimp with Honey-Garlic Sauce

You might not think to pair honey with seafood, but this combination is unexpectedly great.

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